Ten-Year-Old Girl in Yemen Married and Then Raped — Then Divorced

Another abuse story is emerging from the Middle East on the treatment of young girls. Nujood Ali, 10, was married to a man in his 30s, who then allegedly raped her. While she is now divorced, she has been criticized for confronting her husband and not accepting her fate. Not only was she denounced by some for not obeying her husband, but under Islamic Sharia law in Yemen, her family had to compensate the accused rapist.


According Nujood, she was repeatedly beaten and raped — despite the fact that her parents insists that the husband promised not to have sex with her until she was older.

Her father, Ali Mohammed Ahdal, insists that he made the man promise to let her grow up a bit before consummating the marriage.

It appears that Nujood is a bit old anyway as a Yemeni bride. Just a few months ago, an eight-year-old was granted a divorce after being raped and abused, click here.

At some point, such practice must be viewed as outside the scope of legitimate cultural or religious customs and be denounced as state-sponsored crimes against these girls and young women. If there is any notion of international human rights, raping eight and ten years (even under the protection of marriage laws) must suffice as a violation.

For the full story, click here.

35 thoughts on “Ten-Year-Old Girl in Yemen Married and Then Raped — Then Divorced

  1. I am a Muslim girl who is married, but i am 17. In the Muslim culture it is ok to get married, BUT ONLY IF THE YOUNG GIRL HAS HIT THE MENSTRUAL STAGE!!! Allah does not say we must marry young, how ever he does say that when our parents see that we are interested in boys, they must then take the action of marring us to a man worthy of us. I do not agree that girls that young should get married in my country ((Yemen)). Im 17 and honestly i was not prepared for it. Thank god i remained a virgin, other wise my face would be lost…people have to understand that in the Muslim world, once a girl has lost her virginity, she has no face in the Muslim culture. this is why men pay thousands of dollars for us arab girls. If a girl is no longer a virgin, then no man will respect her ((unless he is the one who took it and is her husband)). the Muslim culture is not very bad, its just people tend to abuse it, other wise Because i am a Muslim and lived that way all my life, i do not see anything wrong with how we live. At that, i am half American and i was born and raised in America. Islam will guide a person right, if and only if the person knows the true meaning and understanding of it. This story is just sick and sad and the father is at fault because he should have been a man and realized his daughter is way to young. i know for a fact many people view as a disgusting or bad people, but no one is god and therefore has no right to judge!

  2. GYLES:If the majority of Christians can ignore parts of their holy texts why can’t the majority of Muslims?

    Anonymous: a true Muslim knows there dean and knows how to get into Jennah((heaven)), if they deny god or do the opposite of gods words, then god will deny them! i am not perfect, nor is anyone else, but as human beings we all do make mistakes. For them to ignore what our Qu’raan says just means that they are not true Muslims at heart. Muslim is just a word, it is up to the person to truly follow up that meaning. I can not be hypercritical and say that i am a “true Muslim” i ahve done my wrong KNOWING that it was against gods will, but that is why people get judged. our lives are already written down and it is up to us to decide how to follow it, Allah just gives us the paths and we chose which one to take, thus getting judge for the wrongs. if i were to actually sit down and read my holy Qu’raan, i am positive that i would NEVER do half of what i do, but i am influenced by my surroundings and make my mistakes…

  3. Hmm
    Where Yemen? this is very troublesome…
    I’ll have to investigate this with someone else’s daughter
    lol I’d love to do what he did!
    except the “rape” part eventually she’ll want it

    I am 15… just to clarify

  4. i’m very suprised with the news.
    it happen here too in my country (Indonesia).
    She is 11 years old. but here (in Indonesia) everyone refused it.
    the police call the parent and her husband and investigate them.
    the media broadcast her story everyday.
    now her husband agree to divorce her after his news spread on
    all media (TV, newspaper).

    i’m now 9, and i wish it won’t happen again in any place.

  5. Dear all,

    who told u that Islam , quran or Muhammad (pbuh) ever supported marriging y0ung children ????

    give me one verse from Quran which say marry young children ????

    who told u Muhammad married 9 yrs old??

    nothing is mentioned at all in Quran . Most of the historian tell us her age was b/w 15 to 17 . however some anti islamic ppl in their own propaganda enjoys in telling and narrating unauthorized story of a man who lived in Iraq never met or went to Medina . only he claims Ayesha age was 9 but our dear non Muslims friend usually forget that most of the books say her age was 15 to 17 . for more detail plz visit :-

    http://www.iiie.net/node/59

    JUST QUOTE THE VERSE WHERE GOD SAY IN QURAN MARRY LITTLE GIRLS WHO ARE NOT MATURED ???? IF SOME MEN ARE MARRYING YOUNG GIRLS THEN IT IS NOT EXCLUSIVE TO ISLAM ONLY . IT HAPPENS IN CHRISTIANITY , HINDUSIM , jEWS AND ALL THE THE OTHER RELIGION AS IT IS NEVER ENDORSED BY ANY RELIGION BUT PRACTISED BY TWISTED PPL OF THE WORLD . SO DON’T BLAME ISLAM . I WILL BE WAITING FOR U TO QUOTE THE VERSE FROM QURAN WHERE IT SAY MARRY CHILDREN !!!!

    A 12-year old Christian girl getting married in Romania.

    http://www.answering-christianity.com/gypsy_girl.htm

  6. The father, husband and the Sheikh who did the marriage ceremony got arrested and were investigated, I think the man is in prison.

  7. I don’t think Muhammed is the problem here, the Bible and the Koran were on par 1000 years ago, Christianity has become more tolerant and evolved where human rights i general are concerned, whereas most Islamic countries are still run as they were over 1000 years ago. Let’s not forget that less than 200 years ago the age of consent in the UK was 13 and women have had the right to vote for less than 100 years. The Western world isn’t perfect.

    What amazes me is that the Yemeni people deny that a problem exists. In most Northern areas if something like this were to happen it would be swept under under the rug, because the girl brings shame to the family if she complains. 50% of Yemeni girls are married between the age of 13-15 and 80% at the age of 18. Educated girls are deemed unmarriageable. The average amount of children per woman is 6,7 and women are not allowed to use birth control without a husband’s consent. There are clinics where it is freely obtainable.

    What did they expect him to do with his “wife”? Play ring-around-the-rosies instead of hide the salami? He paid a dowry for her and expected her to perform her wifely duties so he could get value for his money. The one to blame is her father for getting her involved in such a situation, the person who was supposed to protect her!

  8. I don’t think Muhammed is the problem here, the Bible and the Koran were on par 1000 years ago, Christianity has become more tolerant and evolved where human rights i general are concerned, whereas most Islamic countries are still run as they were over 1000 years ago. Let’s not forget that less than 200 years ago the age of consent in the UK was 13 and women have had the right to vote for less than 100 years. The Western world isn’t perfect.

    What amazes me is that the Yemeni people deny that a problem exists. In most Northern areas if something like this were to happen it would be swept under under the rug, because the girl brings shame to the family if she complains. 50% of Yemeni girls are married between the age of 13-15 and 80% at the age of 18. Educated girls are deemed unmarriagable. The average amount of children per woman is 6,7 and women are not allowed to use birth control without a husband’s consent. There are clinics where it is freely obtainable.

    What did they expect him to do with his “wife”? Play ring-around-the-rosies instead of hide the salami? He paid a dowry for her and expected her to perform her wifely duties so he could get value for his money. The one to blame is her father for getting her involved in such a situation, the person who was supposed to protect her!

  9. Islam strikes me as the most misogynist, repressive and intolerant of all the desert religions. I cannot understand how we in the Western world can do business with these primitive thugs who actively enslave 50% of the species without feeling sick to the depths of our souls. Of course American capitalists, in fact all capitalists were capable of selling goods to the Nazi’s during the war then they (and we) are venial beyond comprehension. I can understand why the Islamist have contempt for our values as we seem to have contempt for them ourselves when profit is concerned

  10. Ugh!! I’ so sick of all these stories accross their… How can the law allow a ten year old to get married even have sex… esspecially with a 30 year old.. who over here… would be arrested for peadophilia for even haveing a relationship with a minor… good god we have laws over here… It’s stupid… they are all practically forced to obey the law because theyre scared… fair enough.. but not when they are being forced to ignore what happened and the little girl is being punishhed for leaving the sick pervert… The way i see it. We and the US NEED to work together and find a way of changing their governent and their laws… Without causing an uprise… Like that’s possible though… someone says or implies one little thing wrong about that area (OH, IM NOT BEING RACIST… I JUST DONT AGREE WITH WHAT THEY FIND ACCEPTABLE.) Anyhoo.. if someone even implies wrong doings over there they chant something like die america…
    it’s a good thing we never cross their bad side.. much… well accept the alkiaeda… Which is a whole other story… they dont know better… they are taught that they have to die for god. and they are told not to fear death and thay are told that we are the enemie and throuhout their whole lives they only think of killing us… … sorry for the rant guys.. it’s just annoying how out of control people are over their and how corrupt their govenments are… I mean whats up with the news right now… Sorry for the rant… it just peeves me off….. Iwould swear but this wouldnt get posted.. dount it will cos it sounds like im being racist lol. WHICH I AM NOT..

  11. i think that her father should be killed for doing this to his child .who cares what people say the Holy Prophet” Mohammed did many years ago , or Christians did many years ago .this is so wrong in so many ways this child is still a baby a little girl , that as not even grow up yet not even get to play dress up or with dolls .this is a child who as to cook an clean an have sex at a very young age , i know when i was this age i was not even thing about anything but playing , i think someone need to but a stop to this. yemen is a great an i think it great they have not lost there self in todays world . an i belive mohammed was a great man an i dont think he world let this happy .yes i think its fine to pick your child husband an wife but i think that there should be age set at least 16 years old no younger an i think that should set age for the man or woman to be around the same ages or no more then 10 years apart because they need to be on the same pages .but this young child was put though pain that we as american people wake up everday making sure are children never have to go though this rape. NOW THIS WHAT WE SHOULD BEEN FRIGHTING FOR THESE LITTLE GIRLS WHO ARE CHILDREN WHO AS NO ONE TO STAND UP FOR THERE RIGHTS NOT OIL OR WHAT EVER WE WAS FIGHTING FOR .WE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAY FREE IS US . WELL WHAT ABOUT THESE LITTLE KIDS WHO ARE GETTING RAPE IN YEMEN AN WE ARE JUST STAND HERE LET IT HAPPEN WHAT KIND OFF PEOPLE ARE WE .

  12. LGA you are such a dumbass. the legal age can be 5. There is no legal age. a 5 year old was awakened out of her bed and taken to her wedding. There is no legal age you idiot!!!

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